2012 Grammy Nominations
The main 2012 Grammy nominees were announced this evening on The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!—Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night telecast. And it’s a big ole pop fest for this year’s crop of nominees, with Adele, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Bruno Mars all vying for Album Of The Year. (Oh, and the Foo Fighters, for the rock crowd, of course.) Jump below for the full list of nominees for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, check our predictions and let us know which nominations surprised you the most.
This was a good year for Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy collaborator Justin Vernon (who performs as Bon Iver), with the Wisconsin native scoring noms for Song and Record Of The Year (for “Holocene”). Unfortunately for Yeezy, whose all-star “All Of The Lights” is up for Song Of The Year, his Fantasy opus and his Jay-Z collab Watch The Throne were shut out of Album Of The Year. We truly believe that the former, which landed on the top of more year-end lists than you can count last December, would have placed a spot had ‘Ye not abandoned promoting the LP so early into 2011. (He makes up for the slight by pulling double duty in the Best Rap Album category, though.)
Rihanna’s Loud, on the other hand, came out a week earlier than Kanye’s LP, but it couldn’t be ignored, with the Barbados pop star releasing seven singles off the album (four of those Top 10 hits).
Beyonce’s 4 is all but absent here, besides the lone nomination for her single “Party”, featuring Andre 3000 (as opposed to the single version, which features Best New Artist nominee J. Cole). Her I Am… World Tour received a nod for Best Long Form Music Video.
For dance fans, Robyn scored two nominations, one for Best Dance/Electronica Song for “Call Your Girlfriend” and the other for Best Dance/Electronica Album for Body Talk Pt. 3. And Daft Punk nabbed a nod for Best Score Soundtrack for their work on Tron: Legacy.
And though Foster The People’s debut LP Torches missed out on Album Of The Year (the main pick on our Grammy wish list!), they did get a nom for Best Rock Album and Best Pop/Duo Group Performance for their ubiquitous jam “Pumped Up Kicks”. They’re in stiff competition in that category, though, as the late Amy Winehouse is also up for her duet with Tony Bennett, “Body And Soul”. (Then again, Michael Jackson was posthumously nominated last year for “This Is It”, and lost out to Bruno Mars.)
THE 2012 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS
Best New Artist The Band Perry Bon Iver J. Cole Nicki Minaj Skrillex
Best Pop Solo Performance “Someone Like You” — Adele “Yoü And I” — Lady Gaga “Grenade” — Bruno Mars “Firework” — Katy Perry “F***in’ Perfect” — Pink
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance “Body And Soul” — Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse “Dearest” — The Black Keys “Paradise” — Coldplay “Pumped Up Kicks” — Foster The People “Moves Like Jagger” — Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera
Best Dance Recording “Raise Your Weapon” — Deadmau5 & Greta Svabo Bech “Barbra Streisand” — Duck Sauce “Sunshine” — David Guetta & Avicii “Call Your Girlfriend” — Robyn “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites” — Skrillex “Save The World” — Swedish House Mafia
Best Dance/Electronica Album Zonoscope, Cut/Copy 4×4=12, Deadmau5 Nothing But The Beat, David Guetta Body Talk, Pt. 3, Robyn Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites, Skrillex
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Duets II, Tony Bennett & Various Artists The Gift, Susan Boyle In Concert On Broadway, Harry Connick Jr. Music Is Better Than Words, Seth MacFarlane What Matters Most – Barbra Streisand Sings The Lyrics Of Alan And Marilyn Bergman, Barbra Streisand
Best Rock Performance “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” — Coldplay “Down By The Water” — The Decemberists “Walk” — Foo Fighters “The Cave” — Mumford & Sons “Lotus Flower” — Radiohead
Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance “On The Backs Of Angels” — Dream Theater “White Limo” — Foo Fighters “Curl Of The Burl” — Mastodon “Public Enemy No. 1” — Megadeth “Blood In My Eyes” — Sum 41
Best Rock Album Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul — Jeff Beck Wasting Light — Foo Fighters Come Around Sundown — Kings Of Leon I’m With You — Red Hot Chili Peppers The Whole Love — Wilco
Best Alternative Music Album Bon Iver — Bon Iver Codes and Keys — Death Cab For Cutie Torches — Foster The People Circuital — My Morning Jacket The King of Limbs — Radiohead
Best Traditional R&B Performance “Sometimes I Cry” — Eric Benét “Fool For You” — Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona “Radio Message” — R. Kelly “Good Man” — Raphael Saadiq “Surrender” — Betty Wright & The Roots
Best R&B Album F.A.M.E. — Chris Brown Second Chance — El DeBarge Love Letter — R. Kelly Pieces Of Me — Ledisi Kelly — Kelly Price
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration “Party” — Beyoncé & André 3000 “I’m On One” — DJ Khaled, Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne “I Need A Doctor” — Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skylar Grey “What’s My Name?” — Rihanna & Drake “Motivation” — Kelly Rowland & Lil Wayne “All Of The Lights” — Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie
Best Rap Performance “Look At Me Now” — Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes “Otis” — Jay-Z & Kanye West “The Show Goes On” — Lupe Fiasco “Moment 4 Life” — Nicki Minaj & Drake “Black And Yellow” — Wiz Khalifa
Best Rap Album Watch The Throne, Jay-Z & Kanye West Tha Carter IV, Lil Wayne Lasers, Lupe Fiasco Pink Friday, Nicki Minaj My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West
Best Country Solo Performance “Dirt Road Anthem” — Jason Aldean “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” — Martina McBride “Honey Bee” — Blake Shelton “Mean” — Taylor Swift “Mama’s Song” — Carrie Underwood
Best Country Song “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” — Jim Collins & David Lee Murphy “God Gave Me You” — Dave Barnes “Just Fishin'” — Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell & Ed Hill “Mean” — Taylor Swift “Threaten Me With Heaven” — Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Will Owsley & Dillon O’Brian “You And Tequila” — Matraca Berg & Deana Carter
Best Americana Album Emotional Jukebox — Linda Chorney Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down — Ry Cooder Hard Bargain — Emmylou Harris Ramble At The Ryman — Levon Helm Blessed — Lucinda Williams
Best Blues Album Low Country Blues — Gregg Allman Roadside Attractions — Marcia Ball Man In Motion — Warren Haynes The Reflection — Keb’ Mo’ Revelator — Tedeschi Trucks Band
Best Folk Album Barton Hollow — The Civil Wars I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive — Steve Earle Helplessness Blues — Fleet Foxes Ukulele Songs — Eddie Vedder The Harrow & The Harvest — Gillian Welch
The trophies awarded by the Recording Academy will be handed out at the annual Grammy ceremony on Feb. 12, 2012. For the full list of nominations, check out the official Grammy website.
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